CSAC Bulletin Article

Feedback Sought on Proposed BLM Public Lands Rules

May 18, 2023

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking feedback on proposed regulations to manage public lands. The rule would broaden existing land-health standards to all of the 245 million acres of land that BLM manages. Currently these standards are only applicable on federal livestock grazing allotments. The rule would also designate conservation as a formal use of public lands along with energy development, grazing, and recreation. 

Under the rule, BLM will identify federal rangelands in need of restoration work and establish a system to lease public lands for a fixed period of no more than 10 years to allow the work to be done.

The rule would allow land users, like energy developers and mining companies to purchase conservation leases and use them to offset project impacts as a condition of permit approval. It would also allow for nongovernment groups to buy these leases and pay to conduct restoration work on the land.

BLM is requesting feedback on these changes from state and local governments, and is especially interested in hearing whether or not state and locals should be eligible for holding conservation leases.

BLM is hosting a number of public meetings: https://www.blm.gov/press-release/bureau-land-management-releases-meeting-dates-proposed-public-lands-rule , in-person and virtually, to discuss the rule and take comments. Below are the upcoming meetings closest to California:

To learn more about this proposed rule, or to provide comment, please visit the Conservation and Landscape Health web page. The public comment period is open until June 20, 2023.

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